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Kid Imagines the Final Battle Between Horace and Seth

Doing homework for my comic hero MOOC (Last week @douglasawesome!), I started researching Egyptian deities. I was talking with @thewitchqueen908 @shadowjack and @jacobcb about Isis, Orisis, Seth, and Horace, and @thewitchqueen908 asked whether Horace kills Seth. The internet (and Jack) wasn’t sure…apparently there are lots of different accounts of how the final battle between Horace and Seth went/will go. He was inspired to write his own [which he can’t post on his own blog until he resets his password…*poke*poke*]. Here it is:

seth hire messenger Zeus boy. Zeus boy be like “Horus is at da door” and seth be like “wait, WHAT?! Dat little brat?! You sure?” “yeah, I sure.” Says Zeus boy. “argh!” says seth as he stomps to the door. Seth opens the door, and appears little nooby Horus. Seth sighs and says “why. . . “ seth says as he shakes his head “. . . are you here?” “I CHALANGE YOU TO A FIGHT TO THE DEATH!!!” says Horus. (a few nooby moments of walking later. . . ) Horus and seth have arrived at an arena. “Now, WE FIGHT!” yells Horus. “you are too nooby. This will not be a fare fight.” Says seth. “yeah, FOR YOU!!” says Horus as he shoots seth with a pistol. “ONE SHOT! OOOOOOOOH! BURN!” yells a crowd as seth falls to the ground. A man runs over to seth. “he’s dead.” Says the man. “YAY!!! HE’S DEAD!! SETH IS DEAD!! YAAAAAY!!!!” says the crowd. The End.

Final commentary: Ha ha Greek god…This is when Zeus was a little boy.





Guest Post: Weekly Creeper

My  week was full of…                                                                          dumb,fun and anger[and only7 were goo goo ga ga-ish] .

Guest Post: Probably Minecraft


I ate lunch too. I was running in the halls. Did some more artwork, and played minecraft again. I didn’t want to go to the park. I looked at a book.

This morning I stayed in change-up meeting, and I was waiting to go play minecraft.

I drew a little picture of our beach trip. I made a book, about a coloring video game I want to make. And I wrote a whole lot of notes for Ryan.

The End.


Suggested adventures for while school’s closed this week!

Check out the NYCxDESIGN festival (*cough* @shadowjack *cough*)!

Dig through this hard-to-read website to find cool events for Bronx Week!

We saw Basquiat’s work last week and talked about his friendship with Andy Warhol. Now you can go see Warhol’s work at MoMA…

…or Frida Kahlo’s work at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden!

Another Botanical Garden that’s an adventure to get to and explore is the Snug Harbor Botanical Garden on Staten Island. I haven’t been in the science museum there, but the garden grounds are a great place for thinking, making art, picnicking, and taking silly photos.

There are also the usual all ages shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Thursday and Friday. And all of Central (and Prospect and Van Cortlandt) Park. @likeaboss and @agilealfie may want to go to Sean Casey (with a grown-up…sorry, friends) and sign out a dog to walk for a bit. There’s the pyramid playground by the MET, looking for Morse and Basquiat and Bernstein in Greenwood Cemetery, dancing with @abram on Wednesday night in East Harlem, walking the High Line, or heading to any skate park that @ryanshollenberger took trips to last year…though if you do that maybe bring your school ID in case the police get confused about your not having school 😉

Whatever you do, I’d love to read about it when I get back from wedding+graduation celebrations!

Wings of Life

Yesterday was a grey and rainy day in the city, and the slurch was strong at ALC-NYC. We were super sleepy.

So I asked what documentary I should screen in the afternoon for us to lazily watch, and @thewitchqueen908 emphatically insisted on Wings of Life. I later found out that he was suggesting it for me to watch, not as one to watch together. So I watched it with @douglasawesome @failspy and @shadowjack.

The movie is narrated from the perspective of Flowers. Not a single flower or a series of flowers or a kind of flower, but a single consciousness shared by all kinds of flowers. She talks about pollination and tricks she has developed to ensure her ability to reproduce. She explains some of the ways pollinators have evolved and developed symbiotic relationships with her. And she ends with a discussion of how humans fit into these networks of relationships.

Some of the shots were really beautiful. We really enjoyed the dramatic hummingbird fight. I learned that some female bats can fly with their young clinging to them, and I had fun watching the boys get jump scared by a spider 😉

We had a brief but interesting conversation towards the end of the movie when Jack asked, “But don’t we need pesticides to keep crops from getting destroyed?” And I got to answer by sharing this passage from Botany of Desire (Pollen):

“…I began to understand that organic farming was a lot more complicated than substituting good inputs for bad. Instead of buying many inputs at all, Heath relied on long and complex crop rotations to prevent a buildup of crop-specific pests — he has found, for example, that planting wheat after spuds ‘confuses’ the potato beetles.

“He also plants strips of flowering crops on the margins of his potato fields — peas or alfalfa, usually — to attract the beneficial insects that eat beetle larvae and aphids. If there aren’t enough beneficials to do the job, he’ll introduce ladybugs. Heath also grows eight varieties of potatoes, on the theory that biodiversity in a field, as in the wild, is the best defense against any imbalances in the system. A bad year with one variety will probably be offset by a good year with the others…Heath’s were the antithesis of ”clean” fields, and, frankly, their weedy margins and overall patchiness made them much less pretty to look at. Yet it was the very complexity of these fields — the sheer diversity of species, both in space and time — that made them productive year after year without many inputs. The system provided for most of its needs.”

Now I’m hungry and wanting to go outside and admire the flowers. Cheers!

From the mouths of Agile Learners: Graduation ideas

Out of curiosity, I went around and asked all our students “What would/should a graduation process for ALC look like?”

Here are the answers I got:

  • There should be a test to see how long you can play Minecraft.
  • There should be a test to see if you can survive after drinking a 5-hour energy drink.
  • There should be a test to see what you’ve learned. You take it when you turn 18, because that’s when other schools graduate people. Or maybe you just graduate when you turn 18. Or maybe you graduate when you turn 25, so more of your brain is developed.
  • There is a student chairman who decides whether someone is ready to graduate or not. The student chairman is @douglasawesome until he graduates. His successor is determined by an all-student competition measuring efficacy at the game Werewolves.
  • There is a ceremony where the graduating students wears a tuxedo and walks across a stage. They shake Abby and @ryanshollenberger’s hands, kiss @tomis’s hand, and then receive an ALC tattoo on their forehead, from Ryan. This is after they have blogged every week for their final month.
  • The student designs and constructs a custom hat. A panel of 3 facilitators judges the hat to decide if the student is ready to graduate.
  • The student decides what kind of graduation party they want, plans it, and throws it for themselves, with the community’s support.

I hope you laughed reading these 🙂

I also hope you re-read them and pick up on some exciting depth and potential. Hear the distinction between approaches where the student graduates versus the ones in which the student is graduated by community members? Notice the recurring proposal of an obstacle/task/project that the graduate takes on as they prepare for their transition?

We decided yesterday to convene a graduation group to start creating a process. We’ll meet twice a month, with the goal of bringing a proposal to the assembly meeting in May. We’ll talk about graduation versus moving on//leaving//transferring, a process leading up to graduation (How does a student declare their intention to graduate? How far in advance? What kind of personal challenge//vision quest should they take on?), and the graduation ritual itself (Who are our gatekeepers, deciding who does and doesn’t become a ‘graduate’ of ALC? What does the send-off ceremony+celebration of a person taking a new step in their life look like?). We’ve already discussed doing more independent brainstorming about a relevant ritual, reading some Victor Turner, researching various coming-of-age and identity-transitioning rituals, and learning what various free schools//unschooling groups//intentional communities that incorporate young people have developed over time.

Should be interesting…I’ll keep you posted!

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Between two [imaginary] ferns, with Javair

Who are you?

A logic-loving experience-devil (like dare-devil…). I love computer science. Oh, and I’m socially manipulative.

What’s an example of being socially manipulative?

My favorite example is in card games, like in Coup. When someone challenges you, they choose their own card. I like manipulating them to choose the wrong card. I use a slight motion to indicate the wrong card (like point with a finger). I’ve done this a lot with my mom.

How was your week?

My week was actually quite fun, because it involved lots and lots of Coup. And I got to meet Becca. It was intriguing because I got to meet a bunch of people, like Hannah and the visiting week students. Not to mention I did a bunch of body stuff, like yoga and acrobalance. I think the highlight of my week was working in the conference call [with ALC network staff] to brainstorm ideas for an ALC app [that I intend to build].

Oh, wait…I left this as a draft for a while. How was your week this week (2/13)?

T’was great. I enjoyed being up in Chatham, where everyone worked together and collaborated to respect the community that is up there and to keep the place clean. And I loved Thanos’ dinner [of lamb and mashed potatoes].

Any projects you’re excited about right now?

Building an ALC app. Also, I guess, reading more books.

The app is currently going to be a web application so that it can be accessed on the phone or computer. It’ll be something that lets you quickly access your digi-ban, scrum with people, find out your schedule for the week…just an app allowing the user to communicate with facilitators or students or themselves (by giving themselves reminders).

To steal questions from Everett, what is something you love about the people at ALC-NYC?

i personally just really like the way the community works together. That’s why I really like it in Chatham–seeing everyone collaborate. I also really like that I can go to someone and say ‘hey, I’m doing this, wanna join’ and that’s a scrum and then it becomes an open thing anyone can join. As far as the people go, I think they’re all great.

Stolen question two: what are five things you love about yourself?

I like when I get passionate about something; that I’m open to moderating certain things–like my computer usage–without a push [from outside] I can realize that this is a thing I do a lot so maybe I should cut back and do other things instead; the way I was raised, to be self-directed; my natural writing skills, which was something…when I started programming I learned some things–like the rules of capitalization–by intuition, and I think to this day I still haven’t taken an English class and I am very confident in my writing skills; my ability to spurt out random facts and have them be at least somewhat in context.

Do you have a favorite place in New York City?

Pretty much ALC-NYC. If I went there more often, maybe The Uncommons.

Do you think you could program a virtual monkey pet? (from @kingthanos)

With a couple years and a programming team, entirely possible.

What animal would you like to be reincarnated as next?

Something extinct, to revive that species by reanimating its DNA. Mammoth maybe…